Through a harmonic convergence of errors, misconceptions, coincidence, automation, and well, it being 2020, I lost an important set of revisions in Scrivener. After much time poking around, I’ve determined that my best option is to restore my MacBook Air to a previous backup on Time Machine. Before doing this, I’m wondering if it restores everything to the previous state so I’m really back to the way it was on Wednesday when it backed up, or am I just restoring Catalina 10.15.6? In other words, if I was working on a Scrivener doc then, would it restore THAT version if it was backing up on my laptop instead of to the cloud, which I erroneously thought it was doing?
Just an FYI, the update from Catalina 10.15.6 to 10.15.7 seemed more over-the-top than I would have expected: it gave me all the new user messages as if I was installing a new OS, requiring me to re-do the Touch ID, messages about “Find My,” sign in with my Apple ID in multiple places, etc. Apps I’d removed from my doc after setting things up the way I‘d wanted for 10.15.6 were back; but some of the apps I’d added to the doc myself were also tthere. A lot of my apps need to be re-installed or re-authorized - not all, which might make things easier! Is this normal for updating the same OS? Or is there something I need to be checking or re-doing?
One more thing, in case it’s helpful: the whole fiasco started because Apple Mail was misbehaving on 10.15.6. It would “Open” (showing in the menu bar) but then the only thing I could do was force quit it. Nothing a restart couldn’t fix, right? But I didn’t realize that the restart meant updating Catalina, which I’d installed thinking I would prepare…
Maybe a metaphor for the times, but any wisdom on how to get back to my semi-blissful existence from before Calamity (Catalamity?) would be greatly appreciated.